CHRISTMAS COAL MINE MIRACLE, THE (NBC 12/26/77) VERY RARE!!!
It's Christmas Eve and there is unrest amongst the men in a small mining community as there has already been an explosion and collapse in the mind which they were lucky to escape from. But Caufield (Don Porter), who not only owns the mines but pretty much the whole town, threatens to bring in SCAB workers if the men decide to strike, forcing them to return to work later in the day as each has families to feed. But that is not the only issue facing Matthew Sullivan (Mitchell Ryan) as his opinionated middle child, Kelly (Melissa Gilbert “Little House on the Prairie”), wants him to go to the city to buy a rocking horse for her little brother whilst her older sister, Matilda (Karen Lamm), is desperate to not only leave the community but get in the family way with Johnny (Kurt Russell). On the other hand, Johnny does not want that or to follow in his father's footsteps which was to die down one of those unsafe mines. But with the men, Johnny included, returning to the mine disaster strikes.
Original title: Christmas Miracle in Caufield USA
Also stars Andrew Prine, John Carradine, Barbara Babcock, Bill McKinney, Shelby Leverington, Rossie Harris, Stephan Early and James MacKrell.